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NRCS's role in supporting Urban farming as means to a sustainable food supply

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2021 ASABE Annual International Virtual Meeting  2100511.(doi:10.13031/aim.202100511)
Authors:   Clarence Prestwich, P.E., Jon Fripp, Phuc H. Vu
Keywords:   High tunnel, urban agriculture, USDA assistance

Abstract. Roughly 690 million people around the world go hungry every day. According to the USDA, one in ten Americans suffers from food insecurity. In addition, some neighborhoods in the United States have been dubbed "food deserts" because residents do not live near food retailers that carry affordable and nutritious food.

Urban agriculture is one method to assist with food insecurities. Establishing an urban farm comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has worked with landowners providing soil and water conservation and design solutions to improve food security for over 80 years. Science-based technical assistance is delivered to local partners on a voluntary basis for a variety of project types. This work has traditionally focused on rural areas, but as American agriculture continues to grow in new directions, the NRCS has expanded its role in helping with the challenges facing urban agriculture.

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